SQL Server 2008 management tools

Do you think it acceptable to point Business Analysts that need to use sql 2008 management tools to the management tools express download at http://www.microsoft.com/express/sql/download/ rather than give them the full iso for developer edition?


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asked Nov 11, 2009 at 06:22 PM in Default

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I think it entirely necessary, for two reasons:

  1. Developer edition isn't free. Therefore you shouldn't be handing it out.
  2. The Business Analyist use-case isn't covered by the license for developer edition - because developer edition is only for developers. You could argue that the license is really bothered about the database engine itself, rather than the management tools, but the law rarely has any sort of common sense to it.
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answered Nov 11, 2009 at 06:48 PM

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Absolutely, but they could use the tools from any install. We use the Developer iso to install management tools on lots of MI computers. Its the server where the data is maintained that needs the correct license.

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answered Nov 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM

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If the BA's use of a (non-Express) server is properly licensed then he/she is entitled to use the full Management Studio product. So no need to use Express. As Matt says, the BA may not be covered by a Dev licence unless their role is purely development.

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answered Nov 12, 2009 at 10:01 AM

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